On what platforms your special advisors communicate

Currently waiting for a response from Ministry of Defence, they should respond promptly and normally no later than (details).

Dear Ministry of Defence,

I am writing to submit a Freedom of Information request. I am very concerned that there is little to no digital record being captured regarding the MOD's Special Advisors Peter Quentin and Lucia Hodgson's correspondence.

My concern is this: if their emails and mobile phone messages are not being properly captured, then how are we to know how they influences the matters of the day?

As such can I ask - then - how many digital and/or written messages did the MOD's SPADs send on the 7 September 2020 in their capacity as Special Advisors to the MOD.

Can you please let me know:

1. The number of total messages.
2. The platforms on which such messages were sent, broken down by numbers (i.e. email, What’sApp, SMS text, letter, Snapchat, Zoom DMs, Twitter DMs, etc.).
3. Whether they used private or state-given platforms (emails, mobile phones etc.) for such correspondence - again broken down by numbers and platforms.

This might seem a little onerous as a request, but until we know the ways in which your special advisors correspond, we cannot demand such correspondence is both recorded for posterity and scrutinised for accountability.

Thank you in advance,


Iain Overton
07984 645 145